Historic anniversaries have always held a special fascination for me, especially if they mark a significant nautical achievement. In 1992, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ would-be voyage to India, I organized a transatlantic rally that followed the historic route of the three ships that left Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain in 1492, sailed to the Canaries and from there went to San Salvador in the Bahamas. We had 147 participants from all over the world, including several who came over from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Argentina specifically to take part in this event.
Similar in spirit was the round-the-world rally I organized in 1998 on the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. After the start in Lisbon, the 32-boat fleet visited several Portuguese territories around the world, with our return to Lisbon coinciding with the opening of the Expo-98 world exhibition.